[ en-see-nuh ]

  1. the live oak, Quercus virginiana.

Origin of encina

An Americanism first recorded in 1905–10; from Latin American Spanish, Spanish: “holm oak,” by syncope, shortening, and assimilation, from Late Latin īlicīna “holm oak,” originally feminine of īlicīnus “pertaining to holm oak,” equivalent to Latin īlic- (stem of īlex ) ilex1 + -īnus -ine1

Other words from encina

  • en·ci·nal, adjective

Other definitions for Encina (2 of 2)

[ en-thee-nah, -see ]

  1. Juan del [hwahn del], /ʰwɑn dɛl/, 1468?-1529?, Spanish poet, composer, and playwright.

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How to use encina in a sentence

  • On the roads one meets lean men with knotted hands and brown sun-wizened faces that seem brothers to the encinas of their country.

    Rosinante to the Road Again | John Dos Passos